Disney Site Available to Trade, Public

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- In response to agent requests, The Walt Disney Travel Co., effective Aug. 17, will make several of its most popular Walt Disney World packages available for booking over the Disney agent Web site (www.travelagents.disney.com).

The booking engine also will be available as of Aug. 24 on one of Disney's public Web sites (www.disneyworld.com).

A Walt Disney Attractions' travel-industry marketing spokeswoman said the tour operator has been accepting direct phone bookings and that the booking engine will give customers who prefer to book direct another option. That booking engine will not be heavily promoted, she said.

According to Randy Garfield, president of the tour operator, the booking engine on the agent Web site "will help agents provide instantaneous service for their clients." The new system requires agents to supply the dates of travel, information about their clients, their room selection, the package rate desired and billing information.

Disney supplies prices for specific packages along with a confirmation number. Packages available are: Basic Plan, Resort Magic Plan, Grand Plan and Honeymoon Escape. Internet bookings appear instantly in the tour operator's reservations system.

Initially, agents will have the ability to review a previously made Internet booking on line, but to make any changes they must call the tour operator. In addition, the booking engine, at this time, cannot accept requests for air space, car rental or transfer services.

The booking engine was designed with the latest in Internet security, officials said. This feature follows Disney's inaugural, reset for Aug. 13, of an Itinerary Planning enhancement to the agent Web site.

Only agents who have established a relationship with The Walt Disney Travel Co. have the ability to book over the Internet. To register, agents should call (800) 327-2996.

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